1. Dizzy

    Dizzy Limited User

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  2. clayfan

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    Actually Ron was not first. Maybe in Ontario But a year earlier we raced at Greek Peak Ski Area near Courtland NY.
    KB Events are great terrain. Real close for us in Niagara too. They will be holding a Dice Run on their loops. Oct 5th FYI
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    I don't know who Ron is, but we raced Moto-X at Hockley Valley ski resort back in the 70's.It was pretty damn cool.
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    Sorry didn't hear about the others, great to know. Ski hills seem to be great for these events but surprised there aren't more. Most sit idle or might have mountain bikes. I assume the same problem as always - noise
  5. 3BeeJay3

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    The Chicopee event ultimately came about from a conversation Ron G. and I had during a trip to one of our events here in Ontario. We were driving past Kelso Ski area which is right beside the 401. We got discussing how it would be a great location for a hare scramble; beside a busy superhighway and an industrial area and really cool terrain. We had heard about other events using ski hills in the past, namely one of the GNCC events and another back in the the 70's or 80s at a ski hill East of Toronto somewhere. We had no idea at that time how to facilitate it, or who to talk to at Kelso that could green light it. Ron happened to talk to Steve P who was a member at Chicopee & knew people on their board/executive. So, after a bunch more turns of circumstance Kelso became Chicopee. Chicopee has a benefit of having a large population base nearby who could buy tickets to spectate. We had quite a number of people wander in from houses nearby when they saw & heard dirt bikes racing on Chicopee property. They all thought it was pretty cool. The Chicopee event probably might have survived into year 2 and 3 if we'd had some rain the day before. It was just too dry & the course turned into flour, which became part of the issue with going forward with the event. Noise wasn't really an issue as Chicopee has special event exemptions where they can make as much noise as they want even though they're surrounded by suburbia.
    They did get one noise complaint, as they always do from the same person that complains about everything. The cops that responded became too engrossed in watching the enduro cross section to bother with the complaint, not that they could do anything anyways due to the bylaw exemption. The cops thought the race was freaking awesome & had choice language about the complainer :lol:

    And yes, ski hills can make great hare scramble facilities. Looks like Kissing Bridge has taken it one step further by having several types of motorized events.